Chairish blogger challenge: From White to Bright

One of my favourite activities is scouring thrift stores and antiques markets for home decor items. I usually don’t have the patience to sort through racks of clothing, but I love the thrill of the find when it comes to home accessories. We’ve purchased probably about 50% of our wedding decor items from thrift stores.

Mike and I love thrifting together, and I have to give him credit for scoring some of our best finds, including a mercury glass candlestick for a couple bucks that I’m totally obsessed with. I have seen similar candlesticks at Pottery Barn for over $30. Don’t you just love things even more when you know you got a great deal? I think I’ll have to share a round up of some of my best thrift scores here on the blog sometime!

Almost all of the furniture in our apartment was bought used, too. Some was bought from Craigslist or Kijiji, some at yard sales and flea markets, and an item or two were carried home late at night from the side of the road. I love finding those hidden gem, quality vintage items.

And that’s why I’ve been loving browsing through! It’s like a virtual catalogue of all the best thrift store finds and none of the junk. connects buyers and sellers of vintage furniture and decor, but because it only features curator-approved items, it’s a design lover’s dream of gorgeous, high quality objets d’art for the home.

I was recently invited to participate in the Chairish blogger challenge and to share my style by designing a room around one of their vintage accent chairs. Since I’d love to start sharing more of my decor and design passion on the blog, I jumped at the opportunity.

Chairish Antique French Yellow and Gilt Chair

My room was inspired by this beautiful antique French wing back chair. I wasn’t sure what direction to go in because I think this chair would work wonderfully in so many different spaces and I could see it in a formal living room, or a baby’s room, or at a big barn-wood table in a country kitchen.

My design approach is generally to just go for what I love and somehow it usually comes together. I love to mix items from different eras and with a variety of materials and textures. But to keep things from getting to crazy, selecting a colour palate can go a long way in bringing cohesion to an eclectic look.

My favourite colour is orange, but it can admittedly be a little tricky to decorate with. In this room, I broke away from neutrals with orange accents. I pulled in bronze elements, which I think ties in well with the orange and adds so much warmth.

white to brightA. Anatolyan pillows, Chairish; B. Distinction Leather Chesterfield, Hickory Leather Company, Chairish; C. Bronze floor lamp; D. Woven lidded basket; E. Ralph Lytle oil painting, Chairish; F. Cowhide rug; G. Antique French Yellow & Gilt Chair, Chairish; H. Mid-Century Etched Brass Coffee Table, Chairish

Find a great selection of accent chairs from here.

Let me know what you think of this look!